NORTH CYPRUS HOLIDAY ACTIVITIES

Not the type of person to just lie around sunbathing all day on holiday? There are plenty of activities to keep you occupied.

SCUBA DIVING
Even if you have not tried scuba diving before, full training will be giving to make sure that you are comfortable with scuba diving, and more importantly, that you and your fellow divers will be safe when you venture out to sea. Once you are ready for the dive, there are plenty of dive sites for you to explore and give you special memories of your holiday in Cyprus. Depending on your experience, will depend on which sites you will be allowed to dive at. You might even be lucky enough to see turtles or dolphins on your dive!

GOLFING
Korineum Golf Club is a beautiful and popular place for golf in Cyprus. Many golfing clubs are now booking their golf holidays as the weather is nearly always guaranteed. Throughout the summers months you will find it too hot to play by the afternoon, therefore it is advisable to book early teeing off times. September, October and the beginning of November are the ideal months for golfing as the temperatures have cooled slightly. From mid November to March, although the temperature is a lot cooler, you might also get the occasional rain.

TURTLE WATCHING
Between May to August Loggerhead and Green turtles lay their eggs in North Cyprus. The hatching of the eggs takes place around 50 days later. Most hatching's will take place between August and September. These are the only 2 species of turtle that breed in the Mediterranean and are classed as endangered species. There is a turtle watch team set up to organise the hatchings and make sure that the turtles have the best start to their lives. You can arrange to go on one of the hatchings and see this amazing sight for yourself.

WILD DONKEYS
The donkeys in North Cyprus were once used to carry olives from the groves and cereals from the fields. Every household had at least one, if not two donkeys as they were able to carry more than a horse. Many donkeys were later left to fend for themselves. They were then rounded up and taken to the Karpas Peninsula National Park. Now a protected animal, the number of donkeys has dropped from thousands to around 500. The donkeys, now used to being on their own, are very bad tempered and you should not go near them.

PARAGLIDING
See more of North Cyprus at one time than you could ever have imagined. Tandem paragliding is very popular. After a drive up into the mountains, you will then take a few steps off a slope and you're off, at around 2500ft. The trained pilot will look after you and will adjust the flight according to whether you want to just take in the scenery or whether you would like an adrenaline rush. You will land along the Girne/Kyrenia coast. Photo's, video's and t-shirts will be available to purchase so you can share your experience with others.

BIRD WATCHING
There are over 340 different species of bird in North Cyprus some of which are unique to Cyprus. Migrating birds arrive twice a year. Some of the best places to see birds are in the Kyrenia Mountains and at Kantara Castle. There are bird watching groups to show you where to go and the birds to look for.


WALKING
There are plenty of places to walk in North Cyprus. With the weather dry for most of the year you can choose to go whenever suits you. You can either plan the walk yourself, or there are walks already planned to suit all capabilities. Walk in the mountains, around one of the historical sights or even along one of the beautiful sandy beaches. Also, between mid February to early May, there are organised wild flower and orchid walks.


PAINTING
North Cyprus is a beautiful part of the island, and no matter what your level of painting abilities are, there will be plenty of different places for you to see and paint. Whether it's the beach and sea, mountains, harbour, flowers or even a piece of pottery, I'm sure that you will be able to bring the painting to life with the different colours that you use. If you are planning on painting whilst in North Cyprus, we would suggest coming outside of the main summer months, as they will be too hot for you to sit around in.